Outing summary, Expert paddle on the Alapaha River from US 82 @ WWALS 2015-01-17

Outings Committee Chair Bret Wagenhorst sent this report. See also pictures and videos. -jsq

300x225 Movie: Go right (1.4M), in Alapaha deadfalls, by John S. Quarterman, for WWALS.net, 17 January 2015 Participants: Heather Braswell, Jack Hartley, Chris and Deanna Mericle, John Quarterman, Bret Wagenhorst

Put in: public boat ramp on east side of Hwy 82 bridge, east of Town of Alapaha.

Take out: private land near Rowe Town Church cemetery (permission obtained thru Heather)

Distance on River: about 6.5 miles

Shuttle distance: 8 miles; 15 minute drive one way

Met at 9:30.
On water: 10:20 a.m.
Off water: 1:15 pm
Took 15 minute lunch break
Paddle time: roughly 2:40 hours

300x200 Alapaha, GA water level, Alapaha River, in Alapaha deadfalls, by John S. Quarterman, for WWALS.net, 17 January 2015 Water level: just below banks. 1 ft of boat ramp out of water. Recent reading of 11 ft on gauge at Alapaha by report [actually 9.3 feet, according to USGS. -jsq]. Was good level allowing for easy navigation through most deadfalls.

Weather: partly cloudy, cold at start warming to low 60s and nice by finish. No wind.

Features of note: church on East bank bluff on Moore property; old railroad trestle pilings; one hairpin curve; numerous sections with Tupelo coppices; a couple of “lakes”

Flora/fauna: maples starting to bloom; cypress, pines, live oak, palmettos, ho lly, water oak, wild blueberries, resurrection fern; heard wood ducks and wood peckers but didn’t see much fauna. There were some tiny, delicate mayfly type insects that flew just above the water for awhile midday.

Assessment: good trip. For experienced paddlers at this water level as deadfalls could be difficult. No invasive species seen. Need permission from landowner for takeout.

One thought on “Outing summary, Expert paddle on the Alapaha River from US 82 @ WWALS 2015-01-17

  1. Pingback: Pictures and Videos: Alapaha River Deadfalls, Outing from US82 south @ WWALS 2015-01-17 - WWALS Watershed Coalition

Comments are closed.